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My Maytag A512S (suds-saver model) does not agitate any more during washing or rinsing, it just spins. Both belts are ok. If I turn the timer knob to spin to drain the tub, it does that alright, but when the spin cycle ends and the machine shuts off, the drum keeps spinning till it gradually stops (takes up to a minute) instead of stopping within a few seconds which it used to do. Any suggestions?

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It is almost certain that the large pulley underneath the center of the base is locked up and not releasing the brake assembly.If you look carefully you will probably see that it actually spins in the wrong direction when it is supposed to agitate! Lean the machine against the wall at a 45 degree angle so you can get underneath it. Remove the belts.In the center of the pulley is a black rubber or plastic oil drip catcher, remove it by hand. Revealed is a Phillips screw holding the drive lug as well as a small washer, remove the lug with a small screwdriver. Grab the pulley firmly and rotate it Anti clockwise and it will run off the central drive shaft, clean the shaft with an old cloth, oil the shaft and replace the pulley. It should run up and down the shaft easily.
Now the knowledge part: Rotate the pulley until it JUST starts to be hard to turn, do not force it. Back it off about 1/4 of an inch and replace the lug with it's leading edge about 1/3rd of an inch before it makes contact with the pulley's trailing edge. There are Youtube movies galore if you are unsure.
Replace the belts, they should both be slack, they are the machine's clutch system.

Posted on Oct 03, 2017

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sounds like you have a tub seal problem, which took out the bearings, I take it one buzy mom does lots of laundry! Maybe time for a new washer.

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If that didn't work there is another possible solution... I had the same problem... and since I am cheap I like to make sure I try everything I can before buying parts... so heres what you do...

-Remove the front panel off the washing machine.
-Look on the side of the tub for where the pressure hose attaches to the base of it.
-Check for a build up of gunk in the hose near where the tube meets the tub... you'll probably notice wht looks like mildew... usually you can just pull it apart.
-I used pipe cleaners to clean out the end of the tube (you can usually unattach from both ends to make it wasier to work on)
-Now before you put it back together grab a can of compressed air and use it to blow down into where the hose connects (as there is usually a build up there too).
-Reassemble... TADA... if that fixed it you just saved yourself some $$$.
~~~~ Mittonman

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